Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Neuenschmidten (Brachttal), Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

Many familiar Volga German names appear in the parish records of Hellstein, which included the towns of Hellstein, Neuenschmidten, Schlierbach, and Udenhain. Among them were the Johann Heinrich Brill family from Neuenschmidten.  

Johann Heinrich Brill (son of Hans Heinrich Brill) and his Barbara Elisabeth Erbe (daughter of Johann Peter Erbe) married on 17 Mar 1747.  The baptisms of eight children are recorded in the Hellstein parish records:  Anna Elisabeth, b. 20 Sep 1747; Maria Elisabeth, b. 27 Dec 1750; Johann Heinrich, b. 29 Jan 1752; Johann Jacob, b. 13 Oct 1754; Anna Margaretha, b. 11 Jan 1757; Conrad, b. 23 Feb 1758, Anna Catharina, b. 24 Apr 1761; and Elisabeth Catharina, b. 16 Dec 1763.  The couple arrived in Russia with five children on 9 Aug 1766.  The couple with their three surviving children (Johann Heinrich, Johann Jacob, and Elisabeth Catharina) are recorded on the Norka First Settler's List in Family #73.   


- Parish records of Hellstein on
- Facius List extractions
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 259
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 248

Maggie Hein